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Groups hold "Welcoming the Stranger" discussion with local Immigrants

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CARBONDALE -- Different faith leaders met with a group in Carbondale for a discussion called "Welcoming the Stranger."

Sunday's event at the Newman Center was sponsored by the Carbondale Interfaith Council and co-sponsored by the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project. The gathering is part of the Ralph Anderson Interfaith Dialogues, discussions held throughout the year to bring different people together to discuss various issues.

"I think it's a really important conversation to have as we're hearing a lot of loud voices about keeping people out of our country and communities," said Jess Jobe, from the Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project.

This comes in the midst of the Trump Administration immigration crackdown. Some citizens support President Donald Trump's stance on immigration, including building a border wall. 

Recently, President Trump took to twitter saying, "Border crossings are at a still unacceptable 46 year low."

Meantime, others are working to support immigrants and defend their rights.

Aaron Banas, who works with Catholic Relief Services, traveled down from Chicago to be a part of the discussion.

"I think it's all about the encounter and kind of meeting our brothers and sisters where they are and I think it's those encounters that really transforms our heart," Banas said.

So while the White House continues to push for tougher legislation on immigration, others continue their push to empower the immigrant population.

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